Senator McConnell Confirms President Trump Will Fully Fund New Louisville VA Medical Center in his Budget
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today President Donald Trump personally assured him — at the Senator’s request — the new Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Louisville, Kentucky will be fully funded in the President’s 2020 budget request to Congress. President Trump contacted Senator McConnell — who advocated for the remaining funding needed to complete the project — to inform him that he would include the full request of more than $400 million in his upcoming budget, expected to be released later this month. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→
McConnell Helps Secure Funding for Laid Off Coal Miners
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded a $1.75 million competitive federal grant to the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP). The funding will be used to continue EKCEP’s work to assist individuals who lost their jobs due to the decline in the coal industry and the effects of President Obama’s War on Coal. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement regarding President Trump’s announcement that he will nominate Judge David Tapp, of Somerset, Kentucky to be a Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims:
“President Trump has chosen an experienced and qualified nominee in Judge David Tapp to serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Judge Tapp has excelled throughout his public service as a law enforcement officer, a prosecutor, and for well over a decade as a Circuit Court Judge. He’s been recognized time and again for his transformative leadership in the Commonwealth’s legal community, and I was proud to appoint him to the national Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in 2017. Now, Judge Tapp will put his many talents to work for our country as a federal judge. I’d like to congratulate Judge Tapp on his nomination, and I look forward to the Senate confirming him.”
First Lady Glenna Bevin is partnering with Orphan Care Alliance, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), Focus on the Family’s Wait No More, and the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) to continue her groundbreaking ‘Uniting Kentucky’ initiative.
Beshear: Calls to Elder Abuse Tip Line Increased 70 percent
Since taking the state’s Elder Abuse Tip Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week in 2016, the Attorney General’s Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse has seen an increase in calls from Kentuckians needing to report abuse, neglect or exploitation of a patient or resident in a state care facility.
From 2016 to 2018, there was a 70 percent increase.
Nearly three years ago, Attorney General Andy Beshear collaborated with his staff to answer the toll-free tip line around the clock as part of his ongoing efforts to protect Kentucky’s vulnerable adults and seniors. Previously, the tip line – 877-ABUSE TIP or 877-228-7384 – recorded messages from callers at night or on weekends and were retrieved by staff the next working day. Continue reading FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL→
We are halfway through the 2019 Regular Session, and the Senate is eager to continue making progress in these final weeks.
The General Assembly did not convene on Monday in observation of Presidents Day. Before resuming legislative business on Tuesday, both the House and the Senate reconvened at the historic Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort.
We passed a wide range of bills concerning issues, including public education, agribusiness, medical licensing, animal safety, and more. Both chambers still have an extensive array of legislation to consider in the weeks ahead.
McConnell Supports Job Training and Opioid and Substance Abuse Epidemic Response in Appalachian Region
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded the Fletcher Group with a $1.68 million Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) grant. Senator McConnell contacted Tim Thomas, Federal Co-Chair of the ARC, in support of the federal competitive grant. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→
Attorney General Andy Beshear Opposes Senate Bill Allowing ‘Power Grab’ by Governor
Attorney General Andy Beshear is opposing legislation that would give a cabinet secretary appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin the exclusive decision-making power over whether and how to settle lawsuits brought by the Office of the Attorney General.
Local historians and genealogists have a new resource at their disposal, according to Berea City Council member John Payne. Payne, who is also support service manager at Madison County Public Library, announced he recently finished digitizing Berea City Council minutes from 1908 to 1925, making them available to the public. But Payne said that may just be the start.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) released the following statement following President Trump’s announcement:
“President Trump’s decision to announce emergency action is the predictable and understandable consequence of Democrats’ decision to put partisan obstruction ahead of the national interest. I urge my Democratic colleagues to quickly get serious, put partisanship aside, and work with the president and our homeland security experts to provide the funding needed to secure our borders as we begin the next round of appropriations.”
Senate Majority Leader McConnell Highlights Kentucky Priorities in Funding Bill
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised passage of the government funding bill today that delivers necessary resources to keep our country safe, continue important programs, and benefit Kentucky communities. Most notably, the legislation provides $22.54 billion in total border security funding, a priority for the Trump administration and Senator McConnell. Of that amount, $1.375 billion will be used to build 55 new miles of walls and physical barriers along the southwest border, where career experts agree there is the greatest need. Continue reading From the Office of Mitch McConnell→